My name is Robin, and I am new to this board. I have been overweight nearly all of my adult life, but several years ago I reached my all-time highest weight of 250 lbs. I was so freaked out by that number that I found the nearest Weight Watchers meeting and signed up right away! I lost weight on WW, but I also started reading about general nutrition and felt a real disconnect between what I was reading and the meeting discussions, which always seemed to focus on junk food (Pirate's Booty, anyone?). I started to learn about things like "nutrient density" and began to shift to a more whole-foods diet. That eventually led to going vegetarian. Then I read Fast Food Nation
and went immediately vegan! I drifted away from WW and continued eating plant foods and lost about 75 pounds.
Life happened, and convenience foods began to creep back into my diet. I stopped losing weight, but that didn't bother me too
much because I felt so much better than I had, could fit into "regular" sizes for the first time in decades, and figured I could just get disciplined again about my food choices whenever I wanted. Then a couple of years ago I lost my job and ended up going back to school to train for another line of work. More convenience foods, fast foods, cheese and dairy creeping back in, basically the SAD minus the meat. When I had my first wake-up call at 250#, I promised myself that I would never
let my weight climb into the 200s again. I knew the pounds were creeping back on, but last week I got on the scale (for the first time in months) and saw 199.5. EEEK!
So here I am for encouragement and accountability. I've read enough McDougall and Esselstyn and Furhman to know what to do, but it sure is a lot easier to not do it alone.
I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope that I will be able to be an encouragement to some of you as well.